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Bringing natural elements into the home during the festive season is one of my favourites, and if we can create them ourselves even better – twigs and pinecones make beautiful Natural Ornaments but they aren’t the only things – dried citrus fruit makes a fantastic addition to your natural decorating and they are so easy to make.
I remember doing this as a child, it’s age old and there are many ways to do it – but this is our prefered method and the kids can even help to create them – strung up, made into a wreath, ornaments and even in a bowl of homemade potpourri they last a while and are really festive.
Materials needed to dry citrus fruit
Oranges or lemons
Safety knife if the kids will be joining in
Baking Paper (grease proof or silicon coated)
Optional Cloves for decoration and scent
How to dry citrus fruit for festive decorations
Start of by cutting up the fruit in thin slices – we use pampered chef knives the children can cut through quite strong skinned fruit and they won’t get injured – we used them in the autumn cutting through windfall apples to practice skills. Once the fruit is sliced place onto baking trays which have been lined with a sheet of baking paper/grease proof paper.
To add to the Christmas time add in some cloves which believe me will make your house smell amazing as they dry in the oven.
With all complete put into the oven at 75C (lowest setting on my oven) and after 1 hour turn over the slices, then another hour.
Depending on your oven they make take longer and also based on the size of the slices that you cut.
Once dried place in a bowl and get ready to create some amazing natural decorations in the home.